My co-workers at the Enterprise Publishing Company brought home a load of awards and honors at last week’s Nebraska Press Association Convention in Lincoln. In addition to the sixty-four awards from the Better Newspaper Contest, the Washington County Pilot-Tribune received the World Herald Service to Agriculture and Community Service awards in its circulation category.
I was also pleased to learn that I received the “Sports Photo of the Year” for my photo of USA Triathlon cyclists as they passed through southern Washington County last summer. I also received first, second and third place news photo awards in Class D – which is the class for weekly newspapers in our circulation category.
The majority of the 60 plus honors were awarded to “staff ” – the talented team effort by writers, photographers, editors and visual artists. Well done!
The Adventure Awaits. On opening day, third grade teachers Kim Szlachetka Teachers and Marti Leishman drive past the entrance to Fort Calhoun Grade School ready for new adventures.
Blair Volunteer Fire Department practice burn at 17th and Colfax in Blair
Girl Scouts circle the Christmas tree and sing carols during the Fort Calhoun Christmas Tree Lighting in Market Square.
Fort Calhoun Elementary School teachers arrived at school dressed as characters from the movie UP and as real life and fiction adventurers to the delight of students waiting for the first day of the school year to begin. First instigated by third grade teachers Marti Leishman and Kim Szlachetka years ago, the themed costumes and lessons plans have become a school wide activity.
Fourth grade teacher Liz Pemberton dressed as Meriwether Lewis and Allie Schleifer dressed as Sacagawea with her little boy Jet as Sacagawea’s son Pomp. Allie said that Jet really did enjoy it. “He giggled and cooed the whole time. ”
Allie said, “It’s all these teachers here, one comes up with an idea and the rest of us just roll with it! ”
Teachers arrive o a flatbed float dressed as real and fictional adventurers.
Kim Szlachetka with students as the Adventure Awaits.
Kim Szlachetka greets a student on the first day of school in Fort Calhoun.
Marit Leishman in costume greets students on the opening morning of Fort Calhoun Elementary School.
The Adventure Awaits. Teachers dressed in colorful costumes greet Fort Calhoun Elementary students on the first day of the school year August 15, 2016.
Marti Leishman in costume greets students on the opening morning of Fort Calhoun Elementary School.
Liz Pemberton as Meriwether Lewis and Allie Schleiffer as Sacagawea with Allie’s little boy Jett acting as “Pomp. which was the name of Sacagawea’s son. Sacagawea traveled with Lewis and Clark. “Liz Pemberton was dressed as Lewis so I went as Sacagawea with the baby. He really did enjoy it, giggled and cooed the whole time. It’s all these teachers here, one comes up with an idea and the rest of us just roll with it! ” – Allie Schliefer.
Adventure Awaits, Kim and Marti dressed as characters from the movie Up pass in front of Fort Calhoun Elementary School on the first day for students Monday morning August 15.
Principal Drew Wagner wearing The Adventure Awaits tee shirt greets students on the opening day of school.
Fort Calhoun elementary school students and staff are ‘Hooked on Learning’, and last week they were hooked on learning about fish. Nebraska Game and Parks biologists Lindsey Chizinski, Tori Mullins and Matthew Gruntorad visited the campus last week and set up a tank filled with recently captured Nebraska game fish for the students to view.
Earlier in the day, Lindsey Chizinski talked about growing up and attending elementary school in Fort Calhoun. She told the students about how her school work and school activties as well as her hobbies and interests in the outdoors led to the job she loves, which is working as a fish biologist for Nebraska Game and Parks.
Opening day at Fort Calhoun Elementary School is always fun. For years, Marti Leishman and Kim Szlachetka have dressed in costume to illustrate an opening day theme, and this year the entire school got into the act. A group of third through sixth grade teachers and the PE and reading teacher arrived at school in a fishing boat looking for a promising “school” of students. In addition to the teachers
wearing and carrying fishing gear, signs throughout the building carried out the “hooked on learning:” theme. Have a great year, Fort Calhoun!